|Key to the Prison||Louise A. Vernon|
This story takes place in Ulverston, England, about 300 years ago. George Fox, an English religious leader and the founder of the Society of Friends, also called Quakers, lived during that time.
Twelve-year-old Tommy Stafford and his sister, Celia, become involved when their father, a minister, breaks with the traditional church. Tommy and Celia witness the violence and persecution brought on by the words and ways of Fox. His courage, calmness, and power with God influenced the whole family.
Fox was constantly in trouble with the government officers and the people who attended the regular churches in England. They did not like his way of preaching the Gospel. George Fox told the people that the steeple house was not the church. He proclaimed the church to be the people who believe the Bible and tried to obey what it said. As Fox preached and helped the sick, his power with God became known wherever he went.
George Fox was constantly being persecuted. He was imprisoned, beaten, and ridiculed, but this only increased the number of his followers. William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, was one of Fox's disciples. The Stafford family decided to make the dangerous voyage to America where they settled in Pennsylvania and worshiped freely.
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Reprinted in 2002.